1897 French Marching Band Kepi

$185.00

An antique French kepi, dated as bought "10 Octobre, 1897" on the original receipt stuck into the inner brim of the hat. In black wool, with gold braid trim, a hard lacquered canvas bill, gold buttons on the sides, a chin strap (in closed position on top of the bill), and a gold thread lyre at the front. A marching band hat. 20 1/2" circumference -- size small. Currently lined with old newspaper to make it smaller; the inner band is delicate and coming loose.